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Connectivity and Open Government

2023-06-28T18:50:47+00:00July 11th, 2023|open government, transparency|

Or, how limited Internet bandwidth can really mess up your transparency. If the pandemic taught us anything, it's how important connectivity is to our community. Streaming local government meetings is still a thing, and bandwidth is key, inside Town Hall, and at home. Way back in 2013, telecommunications policy expert Susan Crawford, titled First steps [...]

What is Citizen Participation?

2023-06-28T18:38:04+00:00June 28th, 2023|citizen participation, transparency|

Citizen participation is a key benefit of transparency. Citizen participation really means that a person shares information with their government. Whether it's a phone call, text or email to a representative, participating in public comment in a meeting, or volunteering to serve on a committee, it's all about letting the government know something they might [...]

Ethics matter!

2023-08-16T20:25:18+00:00March 6th, 2021|ethics, open government, transparency|

Providence, Rhode Island City Hall ICMA shared an article on promoting ethical local government by Michael A. Gillette, PhD. Accountability: Local governments must be accountable to the public for their actions. This means that they must be transparent about their decision-making process and be willing to answer to the public for their decisions. Transparency: Local [...]

Helping in the aftermath

2023-06-13T19:28:23+00:00June 5th, 2013|boards and commissions, disaster recovery, emergency preparedness, transparency|

donate through the Red Cross here. Across the country and around the world, supplies and cash donations are pouring in to help victims of disaster. People (and animals) need the very basics: food, water, clothing, and shelter. But they need something else: a sense of security. A sense that their community will recover and that things [...]

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